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Jul 15, 2017 - Gaudi Church and Barcelona

Up and get dressed then a taxi ride to Gaudi Square where we were to meet our guide. She directed us to buy a scarf for Alice’s bare shoulders, which we did. Then we headed into this most elaborate of churches – Gaudi’s Sagrada Famelia, declared a minor basilica by the pope. Very elaborate and hard to take it all in. Still under construction and to be finished in 2024, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. The church was very elaborate outside but rather plain inside - huge stained glass (no figures – only names) faced east (greens and...

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Jun 28, 2017 - What has happened?

Oh dear oh dear, what has happened to our time? Our latest holiday is sadly and rapidly approaching its end and we must depart Barcelona tomorrow afternoon. Our flight is due to depart at 3.30 pm Thursday. We are then scheduled to arrive back in Perth around 5.35 pm Friday afternoon. There is a taxi strike taking place in Barcelona on Thursday but that should not be a problem for us as we have a private car taking us to the airport. Of course, that is what the strike is about, Uber and private cars taking business away from taxis. Sitges...

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Jun 23, 2017 - Our last day at sea

On Tuesday Kotor again pleased us when we had a bit of a wander around the town. On Wednesday about lunchtime we sailed in to Messina for our second visit and, after going on a tour the last time, we thought we'd just spend the afternoon exploring the town. Unfortunately Messina follows and expands on the Mediterranean tradition of closing up shop for a lunch break. In Messina almost everything is closed from noon until 4.30 pm, no wonder some parts of the Mediterranean are so poor when even the tourist shops close when a ship with 5,000...

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Jun 21, 2017 - Rambling Along La Rambla

It was warm in the room with just a fan [no a/c unit] but that's the luck of the draw. Mucked about until 0700 brekkie. Lou can be a bit anal at times. First, there is his carrying around at all times his 'nuclear codes' bag. He even took it with him choosing brekkie items. Second, when he gets home, he cleans his travel clothes and then packs months in advance for his next trip! He even makes sure he has enough of the likes of toothpaste; okay. Back up for a Tripadvisor review or two before prepping for 0900 walking tour. We were 20M late...

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Jun 20, 2017 - Gaudi's ecclesiastical work in progress masterpiece

Still praying for a good night's sleep. Up at 0200 for a slash and then 0320 as the room was a furnace. Gave up c 0540 to get the day rolling. May do a pic or so less on the blog if the speed does not pick up. It was rather good a couple of days ago. Stay tuned for further technological developments on that front. Only Lou and I at brekkie for the first half hour. Yappy Stan comes down and immediately knocks the two utensils for the fresh fruit on the floor. You could get an omelet today which was a first but there was no bacon or...

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May 29, 2017 - Official Welcome to Barcelona

Today was pretty much on our own - our tour doesn't officially start until 6pm tonight when we meet the rest of the group and go out for dinner. So we decided to try and see as much of the city as we could be going on a hop on/hop off city bus tour. Some of the highlights along the way were the Block of Discord - three houses (two of which we have pictured - Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo) occupy most of this block. Both were built in the early 1900's by Gaudi, a famous Spanish architect. Across the street was La Pedera built between 1906...

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May 28, 2017 - Arrive in Barcelona

We arrived in Spain with no delays! That is huge. Caught a taxi from the airport and he dropped us off right at the door of the hotel (they aren't supposed to do that as the hotel is on a pedestrian street). It is Sunday, so it is pretty quiet. We had to wait a couple of hours to get our room as it was too early to check in. Once we got checked in, we went to find something to eat and then went back to the hotel for a couple hour nap. A little refreshed, we decided to walk around a little and get a lay of the land near the hotel. But,...

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May 27, 2017 - Sailing away

Today, Saturday, we board our ship, our home for the next 28 days. The ship is the Royal Princess if you want to check her out on the web. We've had a great time in Barcelona so far and are looking forward to a few more days in Sitges and Barcelona following our time aboard ship. We have done a lot of exploring on foot in Barcelona, approx 20 km per day, plus getting around on the metro. During our wandering we've visited Fundacio Joan Miro, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, paid a quick visit to the Gothic quarter (but more on that later as well be...

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May 25, 2017 - From the UAE to Spain

Reached our hotel in Barcelona around 9.30 pm Wednesday evening, checked in, had a beer at the bar and hit bed. The flight on the Emirates A380 was great and only about half full on the upper deck. Plenty of room to move around and never any crowds at the bar there. Today we begin a refamiliarisation exploration of Barcelona and begin to give more thought to what we might get up to here. We have three days in Barcelona before our 28 day Mediterranean cruise then a further 2 days at the very end after spending a few days in Sitges. One thing...

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May 4, 2017 - Figueres/Girona

A return visit to Barcelona! We travelled outside the city to the town of Figueres, where we toured the Dali museum. Dali designed it to be a pice of art in its own right. He lived in It for the last 5 years of his life. It truly was a journey into the surreal imagination of an artistic genius. His wife and muse, Gala, inspired him to these heights. Many of his pieces were layered with art within art that required close inspection. Symbolism weaved its way thoughout his work, often contrasting life and death. He was also a pioneer in using...

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Apr 25, 2017 - Barcelona

Today is a full day in Barcelona and Montserrat. We begin with a trip to La Rambla, the gathering, pedestrian walkway of Barcelona. Last night when we saw it from our coach it was jam-packed with people. La Rambla has everything one could want; shops, hotels, restaurants. Our guide knows we more mature tourists prefer to see everything but in a less crowded time of day. So it is our first stop this morning and we are there shortly after 8 AM. Many places are not yet open but we are there to look not to shop or eat. The sight we do see is...

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Espana

Apr 18, 2017 - Monday 4/18

Still no bags at the start of the day. I guess some are tired of seeing us in the same clothes for another day. We are off early in the day to meet our local guide hired by Bob. She takes us through the old city on a walking tour (9000+steps). We passed a Burger King, KFC and a Dunkin Coffee before coming to a cathedral built in the 13th century. Next we passed the site of a Jewish synagogue and community that existed before they were driven out in the 15th century. We passed by sections of the wall which surrounded a Roman city. These wall...

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Europe 2017 Cruise

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